Mental illness doesn’t just strike an individual. It strikes a family.
Family caregivers are often isolated by the stigma of mental illness. According to an NAC report developed in collaboration with NAMI, On Pins and Needles: Caregivers of Adults with Mental Illness, more than 8 million family caregivers of people with mental illness face serious gaps in getting needed support. The report revealed that caregivers experienced the following:
• High emotional stress and anxiety about their loved ones.
• Lack of involvement by providers in health care decisions.
• Poor access to care and community health services.
This crisis in caregiving happens to families addressing mental illness when the responsibility of care falls solely on them. Without adequate support, services or information, that demanding role often affects the entire family’s wellbeing.
“Everyday caregivers wait on pins and needles for another call that turns their life upside down, and for many of us the endless stress and uncertainty leads to depression and anxiety.”
We can’t ignore the vital role that a caregiver often has in the recovery of a person living with mental illness. NAMI Monroe County offers Family-to-Family, a 12-week educational program for friends, family, and loved ones. Please register here or contact us now for more information.